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How do I delete album art, desktop.ini, and thumbs.db from my music folder in Windows 7? I can see all of these files because I took the hard drive from my old computer and put it in my new one. It now has all of these junk files that the OS does not use, so I want to delete them and get them out of my sight.

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This did the trick for me, using Windows 7's Power Shell. Saving this answer, in case anyone else has this problem.

Get-ChildItem -incl "desktop.ini","thumbs.db","*.jpg" -path "V:\Music" -force -recurse | Remove-Item

This should work in Linux, but I've not tested it so I'm not really sure.

find ~/music -type f -name "desktop.ini" -delete
find ~/music -type f -name "Thumbs.db" -delete
find ~/music -type f -name "*.jpg" -delete
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I've just found out that the -force part is crucial. – kubanczyk Sep 28 '15 at 9:30

You can prevent creation of thumbs.db in Windows Vista and above (7 etc) by opening the Local Group Policy Editor (Windows Key+R and enter gpedit.msc) and go to;

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components > Windows Explorer

or File Explorer for win 8

And edit Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files. Enable it and hit OK.

To delete ones already created you can right click -> Properties on the drive from My Computer, hit Disk Cleanup, tick only Thumbnails and hit OK.


If you cant access the LGPE (e.g. MMC could not create the snap-in) or it just plain didn't work you can dabble in the registry;

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Explorer -> Advanced

set DisableThumbnailCache to 1

If DisableThumbnailCache doesn't exist, create it as a new DWORD

reboot may or may not be required

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This can be done with two one-liners from a command prompt...

First, open up a cmd window, then cd to your Music folder. Then, run the following 2 commands:

del /s /q /f /a:h ".\*thumbs.db"

del /s /q /f /a:s ".\*desktop.ini"

These will recursively delete all of the desired files in your current directory.

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